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Cover Reveal: Anthem by A.M. Leibowitz #Bisexual #Poly @amyunchained

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Title: Anthem
Author Name & Publisher: A.M. Leibowitz (Acquitted Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 1, 2016 – 270 pgs

Synopsis

Trevor Davidson has everything going for him. He’s just moved out on his own with three friends, and he’s landed a job as music director at a large Boston church. He has high hopes for marrying his long-term girlfriend and settling into a comfortable, devout lifestyle.

Andre Cole has spent the past few years throwing himself into a dead-end job at a Cape Cod-based call center. When an opportunity to move back to Boston arises, Andre believes it will be the do-over he needs to put his past behind him.

A chance meeting in a club on New Year’s Eve brings Trevor and Andre together for a brief but steamy encounter. Both assuming that’s the end of it, they are unexpectedly thrown back into each other’s lives when Trevor’s church hires Andre for their website design. While Andre is content at first to move on, Trevor’s conflicted feelings bubble over into his songwriting. Before he can stop it, his ode to Andre becomes an inadvertent Christian radio hit.

Unfortunately for Trevor, he isn’t the only one who knows the song’s hidden meaning. Someone has leaked the story and upended Trevor’s life. In order to put the pieces back together, he needs to learn to be honest with his girlfriend, with Andre, and especially with himself.

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Excerpt

A sliver of light and the door thumping shut alerted him to the presence of someone else.

His hands stopped moving, hovering over the keyboard. He looked up to see Pastor Bret standing at the back of the aud.

Trevor jumped, his face flaming, and he was glad for the dim light hiding the red flush he was sure marked his cheeks. “Uh…hi?” he squawked out.

“Don’t stop on my account,” Pastor Bret said. “The song is fantastic. You’ve been holding out on us, acting like you didn’t have anything big for the recording. Where’ve you been hiding that one?”

Covering his tracks, Trevor joked, “Under my hat.” His stomach churned.

“Uh huh. Well, I’d like to see you finish up your new song so we can use it. How long do you think it’ll take?”

“It’s about done, but—” He coughed, stalling while he worked out what to say to Bret to put him off. “I was thinking about changing some of the words, though. It’s not—I mean, it doesn’t specifically say God or Jesus, and it probably needs some other fixes. You know, so it sounds more…spiritual.” Trevor gritted his teeth in frustration as the inspiration for the song rose to the forefront of his mind.

Bret looked thoughtful. “I don’t know. Can you play it for me?”

All the blood which had previously rushed to Trevor’s face drained away, and sweat trickled down his neck to his collar. “I—”

“Not sure you want anyone to hear it til it’s perfect, eh?” Bret laughed. “Come on. Don’t worry that it’s not good enough.”

Oh, God, help me! Trevor prayed. “Okay,” he heard himself say, even though he’d really meant to say, No way in hell.

He played the opening chords and began to sing, quietly at first and then with more confidence. “You touch my heart…”

He immersed himself in the song and in the memories he’d drawn on to write it. It didn’t matter what it was about; he was perfectly capable of making it sound like a love song to his God. He kept his gaze trained on the chord sheet in front of him, not daring to look Bret in the eye just in case. When he was through, he let the note fade away and closed his eyes. He didn’t want to see Bret’s reaction.

It took a moment, but Bret finally broke the silence. “Wonderful. I wouldn’t change a thing. When we have a thousand members all singing this together, they’ll all know who they’re singing it for.”

Trevor’s immediate reaction was, No, they won’t.

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Vulnerable (Little Goddess #1) by Amy Lane #MMF #Paranormal @amymaclane @dreamspinners

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Title: Vulnerable (Little Goddess #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Amy Lane (DSP Publications)
Publication Date & Length: March 3rd 2015- 280 pages

Synopsis

Little Goddess: Book One

Working graveyards in a gas station seems a small price for Cory to pay to get her degree and get the hell out of her tiny town. She’s terrified of disappearing into the aimless masses of the lost and the young who haunt her neck of the woods. Until the night she actually stops looking at her books and looks up. What awaits her is a world she has only read about—one filled with fantastical creatures that she’s sure she could never be.

And then Adrian walks in, bearing a wealth of pain, an agonizing secret, and a hundred and fifty years with a lover he’s afraid she won’t understand. In one breathless kiss, her entire understanding of her own worth and destiny is turned completely upside down. When her newfound world explodes into violence and Adrian’s lover—and prince—walks into the picture, she’s forced to explore feelings and abilities she’s never dreamed of. The first thing she discovers is that love doesn’t fit into nice neat little boxes. The second thing is that risking your life is nothing compared to facing who you really are—and who you’ll kill to protect.

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Review

FiveStars

I picked this book up because it was an Amy Lane story… who I love. But upon opening it, I found it was her FIRST story, which excited me to be honest. I love reading an author’s first work and being able to see just how much they’ve grown.
Now, I will say that had I not read other stories of her, I might have knocked it down maybe half a star, but I have and that makes it easier for me to say that this was an excellent start from this author.
The story line rings very close to Laurell K. Hamilton’s Meri Gentry series, but it also has it’s own spin, which is fun. The farther into the story we get, the less it seems similar. While I say that, there are also things that are completely different, which was all Amy Lane.
This is completely a fantasy story with it’s own types of love and relationships that wouldn’t work in other genres or stories, but it worked in this story.
There is so many spins and twists and turns that I just loved. The characters are all awesome and endearing.
I have to say my heart broke a little at the end and I had to hope that it just wasn’t true or there was a way back from it… but as I’ve started the second book I have to say that’s not how it goes, which I am sort of thankful for at the same time as it’s not a bad decision that she later tried to rectify.
As usual Amy Lane writes amazing stories and has only gotten better over time. I can’t wait to see where this story will lead us.
~Renee

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4 Stars for Upside Down by Liz Gavin #F/F #Menage

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Title: Upside Down: ‘Powerless’ continues in
Author Name: Liz Gavin
Publication Date & Length: February 12, 2014 – 235pgs

Synopsis

Carol Anne Sullivan is a tough New York stock broker. She’s suffered enough in order to learn a hard lesson – never let love spoil her relationships. Her boyfriends know that rule from the start. She’s domineering and assertive but also faithful and fair while the relationship lasts.

Mark Aikens is Carol’s boyfriend. He’s been in love with her for a while but his submissive side hasn’t allowed him to rebel against her golden rule and to tell her how he feels. Fear of losing her forever might spur him into action.

Cindy O’Rourke has admired Carol from afar. So, she jumps at the opportunity to work for her idol. Little does she know, things will never be the same for her after that job interview.

Carol has been going through a rough patch: world economical crisis, dysfunctional parents, demanding clients, faultyequipment. Without much time for herself, her love life is suffering. So what is the big deal if she fantasizes about a new employee when her boyfriend, Mark, can’t give her what she needs? The big deal is – the new receptionist, Cindy, is a woman who threatens to turn her world upside down.

This is the steamy tale of an unconventional love triangle which should be read with an open mind and an open heart. Sometimes, love comes to our lives in unexpected ways but with such overwhelming power that the best course of action might be to surrender to it.

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FourStars

This was an interesting read. There’s an insistence by the main character, Carol, for emotionally safe sex. She has been having this sort of non-involved relationship with her assistant for two years. And she’s been lying to herself. He is the first to admit to having deeper feelings, and she freaks out. And then there’s the fact that the newly hired receptionist is having an unanticipated effect on Carol’s equilibrium. The feelings Carol is forced to confront change everything. Throw in some secrets from her dysfunctional family that end up being not only eye-opening, but healing as well, and Carol’s life is changed forever.

Truthfully, Carol is a bit shallow in the beginning. It is the people who love her that force her to change and grow. The story itself is good, then add in a lot of hot sex and things get taken up a notch. Carol’s solution to her dilemma is difficult but worth the trouble.

One additional thing: I don’t usually comment on grammar and typographical issues in reviews. There are several points in this book that make it clear that the author isn’t a native speaker. I think she does a fairly good job, although the book would benefit from a native English-speaking editor. The mistakes are noticeable, but easy to overlook, unless you are one of those few who are unable to ignore them.

Amy P.

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4 Stars for Double Take by J.K. Pendragon #GenderQueer #Poly @JKPendragon

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Title: Double Take
Author Name & Publisher: J.K. Pendragon (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 28, 2015 – 48 pgs

Synopsis

Studying magical science at the prestigious Kemet Academy is a privilege and dream come true for Teka, a poor student from D’mt. But focusing on school doesn’t mean xe can’t also admire Hasani, the handsome graduate student overseeing Teka’s work.

Then late one night at the school library, Teka runs Hasani and is completely astonished when the stern, quiet man xe knows by day acts so flirty and casual, it’s like he’s a different person. When the late night encounter leads to dating, Teka can scarcely believe xyr luck.

But the luck plays out when xe discovers why Hasani seems so different between night and day, a discovery that seems to have no resolution except heartache…

Warning: This story contains incest

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Review

FourStars

I’m not sure where to start with this. I liked the genderqueer aspect of the story, and Teka was a great character. The Egyptian/magical setting had the feel to me of being similar to Manga/yaoi, which I also liked. I thought the world the author created was interesting, and I would love to read more stories set there.

I hadn’t known going into it about one of the taboo aspects of the story, which I think would have been good to know ahead of time (and I’m not really sure how to discuss it without spoilers). It didn’t necessarily bother me because there was no power imbalance, and it’s not really a hard limit or particularly upsetting for me. However, it’s not my usual kind of thing, and I think some others might be more bothered than I was.

Overall, it was very well-written and a quick, easy read with likable characters.
Amy M.

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